Land Rover offers new technologies and improved options for its upgraded Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models for 2014. Land Rover will begin taking orders for these upgraded models on September 10. Deliveries will begin in early 2014. The offerings will vary depending on the individual markets. Among the new customer-focused driver assistance technologies are Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Perpendicular Park.
Meanwhile, the new Land Rover InControl will offer a variety of connectivity features. The 4.4 SDV8 for fitment in the Range Rover Sport offers a modified intake system consisting of twin-intercoolers, a new sump, new cast alloy engine mounts (lowering the weight by 10kg) and optimised calibration.
The turbo-diesel offers 339PS and an enormous 700Nm torque, offering excellent performance and driveability in real world conditions. When mated to a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission, the SDV8 powered Sport can get to 62mph (100km/h) in just 6.9 seconds and can hit a top speed of 140mph (225km/h) when the Dynamic Pack is used.
The engine availability will depend on the market. There are two petrol engine options offered for the improved Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. These are the 5.0L V8 S/C 510PS and 3.0L V6 S/C 340PS, two diesel engines; 3.0L TDV6 258PS and 3.0L SDV6 292PS (the latter being offered on just the Range Rover Sport) and the newly unveiled hybrid powertrain.
The same powertrain is used by Land Rover's first-ever hybrid models. It is the 3-litre SDV6 turbo-diesel engine that is mated to an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with a 35kW electric motor-generator instead of the torque converter. It has a total output of 340PS and has a class-leading 700Nm torque, enabling the vehicle to get to 62mph (100km/h) in shorter than seven seconds. The new models have CO2 emission figures of 169g/km and record 44.1mpg on the combined cycle.
The upgraded model comes with an option to get the new Black Design Pack. Offered on Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography models, the pack includes a lineup of parts finished in Gloss Black, such as Range Rover script on bonnet and tailgate, front grille, door mirror caps, exterior door handles, bumper vanes, side vent graphic, wheel nuts, tailgate finisher, as well as a choice of a new 21-inch alloy wheels and a 22-inch alloy wheel with a new style finish. For its interior, the automaker offers the following new options: a powered upper seat articulation (for the driver and front passenger) and bigger 10.2-inch screens for the entertainment system.